ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS (AGMs)
I can now give you the complete list for AGMs: -
Wednesday 8 March 2017, 12.00 noon - 2.00 pm, Alexandra Hotel, Fort William
Thursday 9 March 2017, 12.00 noon - 2.00 pm, County Community Hospital, Invergordon (Training Room)
Monday 13 March 2017, 2.00 pm, MACHICC Building, Lochgilphead
Monday 13 March 2017, 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm, Nelson Ward Bay 2 Meeting Room, Lorn & Islands Hospital, Oban
Tuesday 14 March 2017 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm, VC room, Annexe Victoria Hospital, Rothesay
Wednesday 15 March 2017 from 5.30 pm, Inverness College UHI
I know you will all be keen to go to meetings, but members can attend one (only) of the above meetings, and vote on relevant matters regarding the running of the Branch. Catering will be provided at all events. You will have received an individual invitation, this is just by way of a reminder to put a meeting date in your diary.
NHS HIGHLAND - EXTRA ALLOWANCE FOR TRANSPORTING HEAVY/BULKY EQUIPMENT
If you are carrying the following in your own car, as part of your work, an additional allowance is payable:
- equipment exceeding a weight which could reasonably be carried by hand, which for the purposes of this allowance is 10kg; or
- the equipment cannot be carried in the boot of the vehicle that is normally used for business travel and is so bulky as to reduce the seating capacity of the said vehicle.
If this is you, speak to your manager in the first instance.
NHS HIGHLAND CARE AT HOME MILEAGE RATES
UNISON is currently leading the negotiation to seek to protect staff transferring over to Agenda For Change (NHS terms and conditions) in the next few months. Our preferred option at the moment is for staff to remain on Council rates for travel - although, if agreed locally, this would be subject to national agreement, as being outwith NHS terms and conditions. We will keep you informed.
NHS NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION, SATURDAY 4 MARCH 2017
Health Campaigns Together (HCT) have organised a national demonstration in London on Saturday 4 March in support of the NHS which members are encouraged to support. Further information on the demonstration will appear on the UNISON website.
SILVER COMMUNICATIONS AWARD
I was delighted to receive, on behalf of the Branch, a UNISON Silver communications award for the 'Up Front' newsletter. It's very good to see the Branch's efforts recognised at national level within the union.
RAIGMORE COFFEE LOUNGE
Unfortunately this is now taking rather longer than we were promised. Here is the latest update:
On the current programme of works, based on early receipt of Planning Permission and Building Warrant for the relocation of the Maternity Annexe building, the projection is mid April 2017. There have been delays resulting from Planning issues, but confidence has been restored, and it should proceed without further delay now.
However, we are now hearing rumours that there is a plan to extend the use of the Coffee Lounge as a temporary decant area for other staff moves. We are not at all in support of this idea, which has not been discussed with us, and are raising this robustly with management, in cooperation with other trade unions. We will keep you informed of updates.